Skin Care Ingredients to Look For

Continuing on from last week's blog post, we go from the worst to better (or best). Active ingredients in today's skincare products help fortify and revive the skin’s surface, supplying long-lasting infusions of hydration.

The following are some active skincare ingredients to look for that are beneficial to the skin.

1. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)

Creams and lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids may help with irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and age spots, and may help shrink enlarged pores. To allow your skin to get used to alpha-hydroxy acids, initially apply the skincare product every other day, gradually working up to daily application. (Euro Clinicals Glycagel)

2. Beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)

Salicylic acid eliminates dead skin and can improve the texture and color of sun-damaged skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and, as a result, also benefits blemish prone skin. There are many skin care products available that have salicylic acid. (Euro Botanicals AHA/BHA Cleanser)

3. Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is also is a therapy for the treatment of pigment problems and age spots. Recent studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent, slowing production of melanin (brown pigment). (Euro Botanicals Lightening Serum)

4. Retinol

This is derived from vitamin A and is found in many over-the-counter “anti-aging” skin care products. Retinol is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin's hydration levels. Retinyl palmitate is another ingredient linked to retinol, but is less potent. (Euro Botanicals Vitamin A Creme)

5. L-Ascorbic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid is the only form of vitamin C that you should look for in your skincare products. With age and sun exposure